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Simulating the stimulation of the human or rodent brain using novel stimulation paradigms

Subject

The stimulation of the human brain using transcranial alternating currents is a novel and exciting field of research. Stimulation within the same frequency-range that long-range interactions take place has been demonstrated to be able to entrain neuronal oscillations. Not only do neurons get entrained, the “neurons that fire together, wire together” principle allows us to hypothesize that neurostimulation with tACS may also induce long-lasting structural alterations and may, therefore, be used as an adjuvant therapy in certain diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, …

Kind of work

For this thesis project, we aim at following tasks to be done depending on the interest of the student:
• Running simulations of current densities using realistic head-shape models in both humans and mice
• Creating a phantom that allows the extraction of experimentally verify the simulated current densities
• Creating a brain stimulator that is capable of providing and generating Temporal Interference stimulation

Framework of the Thesis

This project falls within the collaboration between the Electronics department and Biomedical Engineering (Johan Stiens) and the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical sciences. Students will be supervised by both Johan Stiens and Jeroen Van Schependom and will be able to present their research results to peers in engineering, but possibly also to neurologists.

Number of Students

1

Expected Student Profile

Depending on which tasks we include in the master thesis project, but generally we aim at a student who is enthusiastic on the working of the human brain, who has a broad set of engineering skills and who is interested in working on the boundaries between different disciplines.

Promotors

Prof. Dr. Ir. Jeroen Van Schependom

+32 (0)02 629 104

jvansche@etrovub.be

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Prof. Dr. Ir. Johan Stiens

+32 (0)2 629 2397

jstiens@etrovub.be

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